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Japan PM says time for North Korea dialogue is over

New York - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday declared the time for dialogue with North Korea to be over and rallied behind a US warning that "all options" are on the table.

Japan PM says time for North Korea dialogue is over

New York - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday declared the time for dialogue with North Korea is over and rallied behind a US warning that "all options" are on the tableAddressing the UN General Assembly, Abe said "there is not much time left" to tak...

Toshiba says sells chip unit to Bain Capital for around $18 bn

Toukyo - Toshiba said Wednesday it would sell its memory chip business to a group led by US investor Bain Capital, in a deal worth around $18 billion and seen as crucial to keeping the Japanese conglomerate afloat.

N.Korea crisis boosts Japan's hawkish PM: analysts

Toukyo - The North Korea crisis has been like "divine aid" for hawkish Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, experts say, burnishing his nationalist credentials and possibly tempting him into a snap election.

US has 'many' military options in Korea crisis: Mattis

Washington - The United States has "many" military options against North Korea, including some that don't put Seoul at risk, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday.

'Take cover' — but where? Japanese helpless over N.Korea threat

Toukyo - Take cover in a sturdy building or get underground.That's the emergency advice given to the Japanese people in the event of a North Korean missile strike.But there are two big problems: most Japanese homes are made of wood and lack a basement.

Renault-Nissan to launch 12 zero-emission models

Paris - Carmaker Renault-Nissan said Friday it will launch 12 all-electric cars over the next six years and equip dozens more with driverless technology.

N. Korea 'has Guam in mind': Japan minister

Toukyo - Japan's defence minister said Friday he believed North Korea "has Guam in mind" after its most recent missile launch, noting it had sufficient range to hit the US territory.

'Missile launch, take cover': Japan's terrifying wake-up call

Toukyo - "Missile launch! Missile launch! A missile appears to have been launched from North Korea. Take cover in a building or underground.

Trump plans to visit China, Japan, S. Korea in November

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced he intends to visit China, Japan and South Korea later this year, a blockbuster maiden presidential visit to Asia.

India's first bullet train project fast-tracks Japanese ties

Ahmedabad - India's first bullet train project, a $19-billion initiative linking Ahmedabad to Mumbai, was launched Thursday as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe hailed fast-growing ties between Asia's two biggest democracies.

N. Korean group demands US be turned to 'ashes and darkness'

Seoul - A North Korean organisation demanded Thursday that the United States be "beaten to death" like a "rabid dog" for spearheading fresh UN sanctions on Pyongyang over its latest nuclear test, adding ally Japan should be "sunken into the sea".

Japanese firm to offer 'drive-thru' funeral service

Toukyo - A Japanese funeral parlour is set to offer relatives the chance to pay their final respects to deceased loved ones without leaving the comfort of their cars.

Modi, Abe get India's first bullet train going as ties deepen

New Delhi - As India's premier Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe prepare to break ground on the country's first bullet train project Thursday, experts say the collaboration could signal a massive leap for its overburdened and deadly railways.

Baryshnikov, Youssou N'Dour among top art prize winners

Paris - The Russian ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov and Senegalese music star Youssou N'Dour were among the winners of one of the art world's richest prizes Tuesday.

North Korea: the celebrity circuit's unlikeliest outpost

Toukyo - What do a flamboyant wrestler-turned-senator from Japan, a former NBA star with a penchant for tattoos and a French comedian with a string of convictions to his name have in common?

Japan aims to raise $12 bn in postal giant share sale

Toukyo - Japanese said Monday it would sell off another chunk of the country's massive postal service in a share sale that could raise up to $12 billion.

Modi, Abe to kick-start India's first bullet train project

Ahmedabad - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will break ground on India's first bullet train project on Thursday in western Gujarat state, as the country seeks faster travel for millions.

Japan PM urges 'greatest possible pressure' on N.Korea

Vladivostok - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Thursday for the world to put the "greatest possible pressure" on North Korea to abandon its nuclear missile programme.

N. Korea crisis sparks nuclear debate in Japan, S. Korea

Toukyo - Nuclear-armed North Korea's testing of long-range missiles that could possibly reach US soil has kindled debate in Japan and South Korea about developing their own nuclear deterrent, prompting fears of a North East Asian arms race.

Trump pushes hardware to allies — and ups pressure on N.Korea

Washington - With global tensions spiraling over the North Korean nuclear crisis, President Donald Trump wants to pile extra pressure on Pyongyang by urging regional allies to dramatically boost spending on high-tech US military gear.

Nissan unveils new electric car in bid to drive off competition

Chiba - Japanese giant Nissan on Wednesday unveiled a new electric car with an extended range and semi-autonomous driving functions, as it seeks to battle off competitors in a sector it once pioneered.

N. Korea nuclear test 10 times more powerful than Hiroshima: Japan

Toukyo - Japan Wednesday again upgraded its estimated size of North Korea's latest nuclear test to a yield of around 160 kilotons -- more than ten times the size of the Hiroshima bomb.

KitKat bets on weird and wonderful flavours in Japan

Inashiki - Cough-medicine-flavoured KitKat anyone?It may not be to everyone's taste, but this is just one of 300 weird and wonderful flavours flying off the shelves in Japan, which has become the world's biggest market for the four-fingered snack.

N. Korea nuclear test more powerful than estimated: Japan

Toukyo - Japan's defence minister on Tuesday said North Korea's latest nuclear test was more powerful than initially estimated, with a yield that was around eight times the size of the bomb detonated over Hiroshima.

Japan, S. Korea can buy more US military equipment: Trump

Washington - President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would allow Japan and South Korea to buy more "highly sophisticated" US military equipment, amid soaring tensions after Pyongyang's latest atomic test.

N. Korea nuclear test 'absolutely unacceptable': Japan PM

Toukyo - Japan's prime minister slammed North Korea's nuclear test on Sunday as "absolutely unacceptable" and said its nuclear and missile programmes now pose a more "grave and urgent" threat to his country.

Japan princess announces engagement with commoner

Toukyo - Japan's Princess Mako and her fiancé -- a commoner -- announced their engagement Sunday, a match which will cost the princess her royal status according to a law that highlights the male-dominated nature of Japan's monarchy.

Japan on suicide watch as children go back to school

Toukyo - As Japan's schools reopened Friday after summer holidays, a day when suicides among young people spike, celebrities reached out to at-risk children and one Tokyo zoo offered refuge to nervous pupils in a bid to tackle the mental health crisis.

Mattis: Still room for diplomatic solution with N.Korea

Washington - US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Wednesday that there was still room for diplomacy in dealing with North Korea's provocative ballistic missile launches, after President Donald Trump said negotiations were "not the answer.
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